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Bobby Lashely Apparently Sick Going Into Chad Griggs Fight, Blames That for Loss

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Lashley had this to say on the fight with Griggs via MMA Fighting:

"I already asked for a rematch, because when you have certain events like I did that sort of hindered me from being able to open up and fight, I've got to go back," Lashley said. "I'd hate for them to use that fight to boost somebody's career, saying, 'Okay, he beat Bobby,' because that wasn't really the case. If I didn't have these problems, and I'd been able to go out there and fight, I think it would have been a pretty quick win for me. But I just didn't have anything in me."


"When I went to the hospital afterwards, they said I was really dehydrated. I went to hospital on Thursday before the fight because I wasn't feeling very good. I was just sluggish and not feeling good, so I went to urgent care and got checked out. I thought I was going to be okay. We didn't do any blood work, but they gave me an IV because they said I was a little dehydrated then and when I went in there and fought I didn't have anything in me."

Honestly, I don't think Griggs can use the win over Lashley as some sort of stepping stone for his career. Strikeforce will market it that way, and for good reason, but we know better. Rumors are he'll be fighting Brett Rogers next but that's less about choice then it is a lack of options. That said, Lashley does not come off well here. While it may be true that he was severely affected by being sick, he claimed he had mono going in, it comes off really bad to blame that for the loss. If you are that affected by a sickness and you know that going in, then you should pull out of the fight. Otherwise, a loss is a loss.

I'm in the camp that thinks Lashley will never make it out of the undercard in MMA, just the same as he never really got over in pro wrestling. In the fight game today you just can't get by being a one trick pony. His style of suffocating wrestling takes a huge toll on your body and expends a ton of energy. If you're sick going in with a gameplan like that of course it's not going to end well. He had his chances to end that fight and he couldn't do it. He goes on to say that he won't be worried about what anybody says from here on out in regards to his fight career and he's just going to go out and fight for himself. You should have been doing that all along, Bobby.

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